PA Fish and Boat Commission has a meeting scheduled this month (April) to consider upgrading a number of PA streams to either the “Wild Trout” or “Class A” designation. This would be a good move, and you may want to let PFBC know your thoughts. Click here for more information.
In a surprise move, possibly designed to avoid the usual Opening Day crush of fishermen and fisherwomen, Mr. Wolf has opened Trout Season early this year. Social distancing applies as well as the usual requirements, in contrast to the usual scene (above).
PENNSYLVANIA TROUT FISHING SEASON NOW OPEN HARRISBURG, PA (April 7) – Effective 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC), in consultation with the Office of the Governor, Pennsylvania Department of Health, and Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) opened the statewide 2020 trout season.This measure allows properly licensed anglers and youth to begin fishing for and harvesting trout. All regulations, sizes, and creel limits apply.Anglers and boaters must abide by social distancing guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Governor Tom Wolf’s Stay-at-Home Order regarding COVID-19. Full press release: https://www.media.pa.gov/Pages/fish-and-Boat-Commission-Details.aspx?newsid=316
Your Board met by phone conference April 2, 2020. The minutes from the March meeting were approved. A policy dealing with the nuts and bolts of document retention was approved (posted nearby). A policy outlining the Code of Ethics was approved (also nearby). A policy defining the process by which outside organizations solicit financial support from PWWTU was also approved (posted) . There was much discussion about a Youth Protection policy, which was eventually tabled. Bob Heil, JR suggested we have a Chapter Banquet and fund raiser in the Fall, once things settle down. Contact me (president@PWWTU.org) if you think a banquet is a good idea.
Ron Milavec has cancelled Bar Flies. The event will likely begin again in the Fall.
This from Jodie Minor: ” Given the current situation with the Corona Virus, I am going to recommend that we postpone our June 6-7 Stream Girls until we can set a date when we know that some normalcy has returned. My primary concerns are that school is cancelled indefinitely and that the site at North Park we planned to use has no running water or easily accessible bathrooms.”
The Chapter gave Dale Fogg, former president and coordinator of Cabin Fever a gift certificate to Off the Hook in the North Hills in recognition of his hard work and dedication to PWWTU. The gift certificates were delivered by mail, although the Board would have preferred to present them to Dale at a Chapter Meeting. Bob Bukk, PWW Vice President, was instrumental in developing the idea and obtaining the certificates.
Due to COVID-19 concerns and other restrictions, volunteers will not be permitted to assist with stocking activities for the 2020 season. Schedule changes are also planned. Multiple stockings may be combined into a single one and in-season stockings may not happen. (The “Click Here” link is only active in the full post. )
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PWWTU has a long and proud history of stream improvement and conservation. Early records indicate projects on 4 or 5 streams every year with good member turnout. Our “home” stream is Little Pine Creek which flows from North Park Lake down to the Allegheny River. We share responsibility for this stream with the Allison Park Sportsman’s Club and work closely with them. Here’s a picture from the 70’s of PWW members hard at work on White Run.